May 31: Wallace, Osman, Devaney

Mark Wallace is the author and editor of more than fifteen books and chapbooks of poetry, fiction, and essays. Most recently he has published a book-length prose poem, Notes from the Center on Public Policy, and a novel, The Quarry and The Lot. He lives in San Diego, California, and teaches at California State University San Marcos.

Jena Osman's latest book is Corporate Relations, put out by Burning Deck Press last month. Burning Deck also published her first ever chapbook, Twelve Parts of Her, 25 years ago. Parts of Corporate Relations have been set to music by the composer Ted Hearne, and you can hear the piece performed by The Crossing on June 15 at the Presbyterian Church of Chestnut Hill. Osman's other recent books include Public Figures and The Network. She teaches in the English Department at Temple, where she's currently the director of the MFA Creative Writing Program.

Thomas Devaney is the author of Calamity Jane (Furniture Press Books, 2014) and The Picture That Remains (The Print Center, 2014). He is the editor of ONandOnScreen and teaches at Haverford College.


May 10: Brown, Ronan, Bell

Lee Ann Brown was born in Japan and raised in Charlotte, North Carolina. She is the author of In the Laurels, Caught, Polyverse, The Sleep That Changed Everything and collaborative projects such as “The 13th Sunday in Ordinary Time” with Tony Torn and Bagatelles for Cornell with Karen Randall. She is the founder of the award-winning independent poetry press, Tender Buttons, co-founder of The French Broad Institute (of Time & the River), and associate Professor of English at St. John’s University. Brown multiplies her time between New York City and Marshall, North Carolina.

Meg Ronan is the author of the obligatory garnish argument (SpringGun Press 2014). Her poems have appeared in 1913: a journal of forms, APARTMENT Poetry, Robot Melon, West Wind Review, & other lovely journals. She works as a shop girl at Bridge Street Books in Washington, DC and tries to be like a good party.

Marion Bell is a poet who has lived in Philadelphia since 2007. She has written a chapbook called The Abjector, from con/crescent press and a manuscript called You People. You can find some of her writing online at Jupiter 88 and Elective Affinities. Some poems and her first ever interview are forthcoming on the Edwin Johns blog. If you were to describe her writing as a post punk musical genre it would be something like ambient emo queercore.